Ok everyone, it’s official: fall has arrived.
Not only is it fabulous news that summer is over, here in the South it is officially 70 degrees at night and our formerly green leaves are fading into a light shade of orange. However, if someone could please share this news with the mosquitos that continue to bite the tops of my feet and, at a football game last week, MY FACE, that would be awesome.
I don’t know about you, but not only does the greenery shift in fall, so does my schedule. Weekends are quickly filled with out-of-town football games and outdoor fun aimed to take advantage of every bit of beautiful sunshine you can; week days are just as packed with work and church/friend/family commitments. It’s become a season of lots going on but even more to enjoy.
And during such a busy time, everyone needs a good snack. That brings me to this week’s recipe- peanut butter chocolate energy bars. If you have spent any amount of time on Luv Cooks you are probably very familiar with my love of peanut butter and chocolate (see dark chocolate s’mores with salted peanut butter and peanut butter chocolate crunch granola).
When I came across the no bake energy bites on Gimme Some Oven‘s blog, I was immediately intrigued. Ali is so, so good at creating easy-to-make, easy-to-share recipes with friends and family. This one in particular caught my attention not only because it was a healthy way to incorporate more peanut butter and chocolate into my life, but also because it was just the snack I was looking for amidst all I/everyone has going on. And the toasted coconut stirred throughout brings the creamy, nutty flavors up a notch.
Here is my spin on her version; for me, bars make for a heartier serving, which equals a breakfast item on the go. And as a side note, I have a new peanut butter I love; I used it for these bars and it’s delicious. So enjoy the beginning of your fall season, and not to worry- peanut butter and chocolate energy is on it’s way.
What You Will Need
- 2/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup oats (I like Bob’s Red Mill old fashioned oats)
- 1/2 cup golden flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I like Whole Foods’ dark chocolate chunks); you could substitute dried fruit here too
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- cooking spray
What You Will Do
1. Add coconut to a large skillet, then turn your burner on medium heat. Stir the coconut constantly with a wooden spoon until the it smells toasty and turns lightly golden. Make sure you watch this because it can burn quickly! Once toasted, transfer the coconut to a plate and let it cool.
2. Grease an 8 by 8 inch glass pan with cooking spray.
2. Next, spray a 1/2 and 1/3 cup measuring cup with cooking spray. Measure the peanut butter and honey into the cups, then add the pb and honey to a large mixing bowl. Add the cooled coconut flakes, oats, flaxseed meal, dark chocolate chips, and vanilla and mix until combined.
3. Using your spoon, pour your mixture into the greased pan. Press it gently with a spatula or your hands to form an even square (making sure to push the mixture into the edges) in the pan.
4. Chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge, then use a sharp knife to cut into whatever size bars you desire. Enjoy!